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What’s On October 2018 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Motorclassica | Melbourne, Australia | 11 -14th October 2018

Held in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building, Motorclassica plays host to the Australian International Concours d’Elegance and is Australasia’s premier event for vintage, classic and exotic motoring enthusiasts. Visitors will have the opportunity to see over 160 cars from some of the best collections around Australia including art deco cars, Grand Prix winners, American supercars and beyond alongside displays from Aline, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, Porsche and more.

Be sure not to miss Australia’s most elegant and stylish day out, where over 20,000 fellow enthusiasts can enjoy fine food and wine either under the dome of the iconic, World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and under Melbourne’s Spring skies at Club Sandwich on Museum Plaza.

For more information visit their website.

Helitech International Exhibition 2018 | Amsterdam | 16-18 October 2018

Helitech International is the largest civil and para-public helicopter event in Europe, with over 4000 attending for 3 days of collaborative debate and discussions. Guests are also invited to attend workshops along with demonstrations from 160+ world-class suppliers from all over the world, including Airbus, Bell, Kopter, Bae Systems, Rockwell Collins, Sikorsky amd more. This will be the last year the event is held in Amsterdam before moving to the UK and officially changing the name to “Vertical Flight Expo & Conference” to better reflect the growing services included in this event.

For more information visit their website.

Vertical Flight Expo and Conference

Gran Turismo Toscana Escape | Tuscany | 18 – 21 October 2018

Join Gran Turismo for a weekend of driving through the Tuscan countryside that you’ll be sure never to forget! Departing from Florence in either a Ferrari or Lamborghini (supplied if you are not able to bring your own with you), guests will cover around 500 kilometres whilst still having plenty of time to enjoy the local cuisine of the region.

To get an idea here is a sample of the itinerary…

18 October – Arrival to Tuscany

14:00 – Check-in to the event opens in Hotel Salviatino (*). Here you also sign for the supercar you have chosen for the event. Want to go for a spin in Florence with your Aventador S Roadster? You are welcome. Arrive early. Please don’t be late for…
19:00 – Mingle in the bar and drivers briefing. Please don’t be late.
20:00 – Shuttle bus to Florence centre and Lungarno Bistrot for dinner
19 October – Driving in Tuscany

09:00 – Breakfast
10:00 – Driving begins
10:30 – Strada del Chianti
12:00 – Mind blowing meat-lover-lunch at Solociccia in Ponzano
14:00 – Driving continues
15:00 – Stop in Montalcino for coffee and ice cream
15:30 – Dynamic driving on Tuscan road continues
17:00 – Arrival to Argentario and Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola
19:30 – Aperitivo by the pool
20:00 – Dinner on the hotel terrace
20 October – Driving in Tuscany

09:00 – Breakfast
10:00 – Driving begins again
10:30 – Coastal road of Tuscany dynamic driving
12:30 – Stop for sea food lunch in Calafuria
14:30 – Driving continues, direction of Montenero and then Pontedera
16:30 – Factory visit: Piaggio
17:00 – Driving continues. Even faster this time.
18:00 – Hard brake in Fiesole (Florence) when we arrive back to Hotel Salviatino
19:00 – Aperitivo on the terrace
20:00 – Dinner on the hotel terrace overlooking Florence
21 October – Departure

12.00 – Check out from the hotel. Thank you for joining us for this weekend escape to Tuscany.

For more information visit their website.

Modball Rally USA | San Francisco to Las Vegas | 25th – 29th October 2018

This year the 2018 Modball Rally USA edition starts in San Francisco before adventuring to Los Angeles via Highway 1 with a stop in San Diego for some Skydiving. After hurtling to the ground rather fast (with a parachute of course), participants will head onto Las Vegas for the annual highly-anticipated Sema Show (Specialty Equipment Market Association). The only requirement to join this particular rally…….car must have AT LEAST TWO modifications, be that cosmetic or mechanical!

Modball Rally Package – $2995 per person, minimum two people per car, no maximum:

  • 5 Star Hotels
  • 1x Skydive per Modballer
  • Entry to all parties/events during the rally
  • Breakfast and parking in each hotel
  • Full car sticker pack including Modball logos, sun strips and Modball sponsor stickers (black or white set, teams can order customised sticker sets in the Modball shop)
  • Team packs including lanyards and wristbands.

For more information visit their website.

Modball Rally

Torque Rally – Runway Weekender | Geneva to Verbier, Switzerland | 27th – 28th October 2018

This rally is a quick getaway for those wanting to get out for a drive amongst the mountains……..and drag their car on the 700 metre airstrip at Turtmann! After a days worth of burning rubber, participants will head back to the W Verbier for dinner and drinks before returning home after a fun filled weekend.

Price:
1’000 CHF and an additional 200 CHF to add a co-driver

Includes:
Participation fee
1 night at W Hotel in Verbier
Private dinner
Secure dedicated parking
Unlimited use of air strip
Luggage Service

For more information visit their website.

Torque Rally 2018

Bullrush Rally | Alpine Rally | Melbourne to Sydney | 30th October – 4th November 2018

This rally is one for the Aussie’s and all adventurer’s keen to travel down-under. Held over 5 action packed days, participants will travel from Melbourne to Sydney with overnight stops in Mt Hotham, Canberra and Bathurst. A full day of motorsport is also planned, not to mention the parties and a few extra suprises along the way!

Bullrush Rally is also in partnership with the Variety Children’s Charity and will be raising money and raising awareness along the way.

Entry fee for the 2018 Bullrush Rally is $8795 for a team of 2 or $5495 for a single person entry and includes:

• Luxury accommodation at all destinations
• Dinner and premium beverages at all 5 destinations
• VIP entertainment including bar tabs at all 5 destinations
• Participation in the Bullrush Rally motorsport events
• Luggage transport between destinations
• Private transport to nightly events
• Bullrush Rally merchandise package and media kit

For more information visit their website.

Bullrush Rally Australia Alpine Run 2018

SEMA Show | Las Vegas, USA | 30th October – 2th November 2018

The SEMA Show is one of the most highly-anticipated and premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, drawing crowds of over 200,000 to this 3 day car lovers event. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SEMA Show provides attendees hot-off-the-press access to the latest specialty and aftermarket products along with with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

For more information visit their website.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show | Florida, USA | 31 October – 4 November 2018

This year celebrates the 59th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) with exhibits ranging from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats will be on display including superyachts, high performance boats, tenders, sailing yachts, motor yachts, ski and jet boats plus many more so you’ll be bound to find something you like!

For more info and ticket prices, visit the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show website.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Cars & Coffee | Australia | October 2018

This month we’re featuring Cars & Coffee events in Australia. Be sure to be up and early for your caffeine and engine fix!

  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Brisbane | 6th October 2018
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Byron Bay | 14th October 2017
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Melbourne | 13th October 2018
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Gold Coast | 7th October 2018

For more information and to see Cars & Coffee events worldwide, visit the website.

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What’s On May 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Hublot Diamond Rally | Canada | 2 – 3 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Hublot Diamond Rally is a driving rally from Vancouver to Whistler that follows Canada’s most scenic road from the sea to Sky Highway 99 and gives drivers the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for their individual charities they support!

  • 2nd May – Rally Day! Drivers leave from Vancouver and head to Whistler and beyond
  • 3rd May – Checkout and day at leisure if you have chosen to stay overnight

For more information and to get tickets, visit the website.

Note: Has now been rescheduled to Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September 2020

Diamond Rally 2019
Ready to take on the Diamond Rally? Credit: Diamond Rally

The 1000 Miglia | Brescia, Italy | 13 – 16 May 2020 (Postponed to October 2020 due to COVID-19)

Now celebrating its 38th year, the original Mille Miglia (translated 1000 Miles) was an open road endurance race held in Italy between 1927 and 1957 that has now been reborn as a modern day classic and vintage race to recapture what has been described as “the most beautiful race”. To take part in the 4 day round trip from Brescia to Rome (staying true to the original route), entry price begins at €8,000 and participants are limited to driving classic cars manufactured prior to 1957 that attended or were registered to the original race. Each day of the rally, 400 cars will leave at 20 second intervals before setting off to take in the Italian countryside all the while competing for winning times.

For more information visit the website.

Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix | Catalunya Circuit | 8 – 10 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

One of the oldest races in the world, the Spanish Grand Prix held on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is the 5th race of the Formula 1 World Champion Ship series. Originally the race began as a production car race but was interrupted by the First World War and experienced a break for a decade before starting again and becoming a staple on the European race calendar and has been a regular part of the Formula One World Championship since 1968 at a variety of venues.

For more information and tickets to see the best battle it out on the track, visit the website.

Formula 1 Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show | Gold Coast, Australia | 21 – 24 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Celebrating its 31st year, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is the southern hemisphere’s most highly anticipated boat show and has something for all the family to enjoy. Held over four days, 45,000 visitors will get the opportunity to see hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products from the industry’s leading brands in one unique waterfront location at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove.

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix | Monaco | 24 – 27 May 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Held on the Circuit de Monaco since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is considered one of the most prestigious car races in the world and gives spectators an incredible experience to see the race cars wind their way through the streets of Monaco on the same track that Brazil’s Ayrton Senna won the race more times than any other driver (winning five races consecutively between 1989 and 1993)!

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Monaco Grand Prix 2019

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este | Lake Como, Italy | 22 – 24 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Not one to be missed, held at the end of May each year, the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba are transformed into an elegant showcase of some of the finest historical cars and motorcyles as they compete for awards in a “beauty contest” of the motor vehicle kind!

For more information, visit the website.

Note: New dates have been announced with the event now taking place 16 – 18 October 2020

Pure McLaren Portimao | Spa Francorchamps Circuit, Belgium | 28 – 31 May 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Pure McLaren is the exclusive driving program of McLaren, held throughout the year at some of the world’s greatest tracks with this month’s experience being held in Belgium on the Spa Francorchamps Circuit.

Courses range from the entry-level “experience” for prospective owners who want to get a feel for the McLaren range through to Owners Track Days and the Performance Academy for the track focused under the watchful guidance of their team of professional driving coaches.

  • Pure McLaren Experience: The perfect half day option for those looking to get their first taste of a McLaren.
  • Owner Track Days: For owners to learn how to maximise the use of their machine
  • Performance Academy: For owners who want to really test their skills and the limits of their car.

Each European Pure McLaren event is also part of the 2020 Pure McLaren GT Series making it an all round exciting weekend of track action. For more information and to book your spot on the track, visit the website.

Pure McLaren Experience Spa Francorchamps

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Formula 1 Season Set to Start in Austria July 2020

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Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey announces the 2020 Formula 1 racing season is set to start in Austria with a targeted start date of 3-5 July 2020.

Since the abrupt cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing cancellations, race fans around the world have been waiting and wondering when teams will be allowed back to the track this year (if at all) and it appears the answer has arrived sooner than later.

Formula 1 set to start from July. Credit: Formula 1
Formula 1 set to start from July 2020. Credit: Formula 1

In a statement released by Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey this week, the racing organization is continuing with plans to commence racing from this July with the first Grand Prix of the season being held in Austria July 3-5.

“All of our plans are obviously subject to change as we still have many issues to address and all of us are subject to the unknowns of the virus” Chase Carey commented. “ We all want the world to return to the one we know and cherish, yet we recognise it must be done in the right and safest way. We look forward to doing our part by enabling our fans to once again safely share the excitement of Formula 1 with family, friends, and the broader community.”

While teams are set to resume regular racing activities, the initial races will be held without fans and only be viewable via broadcast. F1 organizers are hopeful however that fans will be able to participate once again later on in the schedule.

Although the French Grand Prix to be held in June has already been canceled (along with the Monaco Grand Prix), the remaining European races are tentatively scheduled to proceed from July to early September before all teams continue on to the Eurasia, Asia and America’s race events between September and November and finish off the season with Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December.

Formula 1 2020 Start Date

While the 2020 race season was originally scheduled to see drivers complete 22 races, organizers are now looking to safely complete between 15-18 races instead given the dramatically different circumstances under which this season is being held.

The final calendar is still yet to be published and is still reliant on each individual track owner’s willingness to participate dependent on their own countries restrictions.

The upheaval of the 2020 race season has also meant that new regulations regarding teams cost caps and race car designs that were set to come into play in the 2021 season will now be delayed until 2022.

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance & 2020 Monterey Car Week Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the first to announce they will be canceling all activities for this year’s Monterey Car Week in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show and several other auto-related events earlier this year, many car lovers were holding out hope that the 2020 Monterey Car Week to be held in August and headlined by the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, would still be going ahead.

The 2018 Best of Show Winner - Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. Credit: Pebble Beach Company
The 2018 Best of Show Winner – Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. Credit: Pebble Beach Company

Unfortunately, that is not to be the case with Pebble Beach Company announcing their decision to cancel the 70th Pebble Beach Concours’ d’Elegance due to the health concerns of many of their entrants, judges, volunteers, and guests surrounding COVID-19 pandemic.

First held in 1950 on the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the luxury event is considered by many as the centerpiece of Monterey Car Week and has long been a favorite amongst young and old alike for its combination of classic show cars and new car unveilings.

Speaking on the decision to regrettably cancel the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Concours Chairman Sandra Button shared, “My heart goes out to all of the people who are involved in the Pebble Beach Concours and who are impacted by this decision. Many of our entrants have been working on a special car for years, and this was to be their moment. Some of our overseas entrants were nearing the point of putting their cars on boats and planes, and their own travel arrangements have long been made. The same is true for many of our international cadre of judges.”

“We thank all of the enthusiasts who have gathered at Pebble Beach time and again to renew long-standing friendships, celebrate great cars and give so generously to Concours charities — and who have already expressed their support for the coming celebration no matter the date.”

With the show cars having already been selected for the Concours d’Elegance, entrants have been ensured they will still be invited back in 2021 for the delayed 70th Pebble Beach Concours to be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021, and ticket purchases for this years event will also be valid for next year.

Now that Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has bowed out of Monterey Car Week, many other classic car events have also chosen to follow suit.

As of the 24th April 2020, the following events have been canceled:

  • Automobilia Monterey Expo (rescheduled to August 9, 10 and 11, 2021)
  • Carmel Concours on the Avenue (rescheduled to August 10, 2021)
  • McCall’s Motorworks Revival (rescheduled to August 11, 2021)
  • The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (rescheduled to August 13, 2021)
  • Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction (rescheduled to August 13, 2021)
  • Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions (rescheduled to August 13 and 14, 2021)
  • Concorso Italiano (rescheduled to August 14, 2021)
  • Exotics on Broadway (rescheduled to Saturday, August 14, 2021)
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (rescheduled to Sunday, August 15, 2021)
  • RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction (new date TBA)
  • Legends of the Autobahn (new date TBA)

For more information and updates regarding the remaining events, visit the Monterey Tourism website.

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